McCutcheon Halley are delighted to announce that An Bord Pleanala have granted planning permission to University College Cork for the construction of a purpose built student accommodation complex at the former Crow’s Nest site, located approximately 1.5km west of Cork City Centre at the junction of Carrigrohane Road and Victoria Cross. The development, which qualifies as a Strategic Housing Development under the recent Planning and Development (Strategic Housing Development) Act 2017, will provide 255 no. dedicated student bedspaces as well as ancillary student support facilities, a state of the art healthcare/wellness centre and a commercial/café at ground floor level.

McCutcheon Halley acted as lead planning consultants on this project, within a multidisciplinary team which includes McCullough Mulvin Architects and O’Connor Sutton Cronin Consultancy Engineering. The development, which is due for completion by the end of 2019, will breathe new life into a prominent site in the city which has remained vacant and derelict for over a decade. Through the provision of additional student bedspaces, it will also enable UCC to grow their university population and compete globally as a third level educational facility while also maintaining and enhancing their central role in the social, cultural and economic life of the city, region and country.